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AWOL

acronym Absent without leave. Having gone missing suddenly and without warning. It is originally a military phrase for one who leaves their post or duties without permission but without intention to desert. In colloquial usage, it can be used as an adverb or an adjective. The printer from the third floor is AWOL, does anyone know where it went? Jerry went AWOL after a few drinks. None of us even knew he had left until half an hour later.

absent without leave

Not present for a duty or situation without permission. The phrase is usually used in reference to military service, and is often abbreviated with the acronym "AWOL." The young soldier was arrested for being absent without leave.
See also: absent, leave, without

*absent without leave

absent from a military unit without permission; absent from anything without permission. (AWOL is an abbreviation. This is a serious offense in the military. *Typically: be ~; go ~.) The soldier was taken away by the military police because he was absent without leave.
See also: absent, leave, without

go AWOL

to become absent without leave. (Originally military.) Private Smith went AWOL last Wednesday. Now he's in a military prison. Tom went AWOL and finally we had to fire him.
See also: AWOL

absent without leave

Away without permission or explanation, as in Her daughter went to the mall but got in trouble for being absent without leave. The term and its acronym, AWOL, originated in the American military during World War I for soldiers absent from duty without permission (leave). It later was transferred to civilian situations, as in John didn't just cut his Tuesday classes; he went AWOL.
See also: absent, leave, without

go ˈAWOL

go missing without permission or explanation: He’s gone AWOL.The guitarist suddenly went AWOL in the middle of the tour.
This expression is used in the armed forces when someone has left their group without permission. It stands for Absent WithOut Leave.
See also: AWOL

AWOL

(e ˈdəblæju ˈo ˈɛl and ˈewɑl)
mod. absent without leave; escaped from prison or from the military. (Acronym or initialism.) If I don’t get back to the base, they’re going to think I’m AWOL.
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But in asserting that the problem remains of concern, inspectors noted that the State Department reported that four AWOL Afghan trainees were caught by Customs and Border police in Washington state in August.
Went AWOL in 2006 to resist Iraq deployment and has lived in Canada since.
Going AWOL isn't necessarily an act of cowardice, but an action taken to correct what appears to be a mistake, that being that joining the Army wasn't the right thing for the individual to do, Middleton added.
It is true there is a significant leap in AWOLs in 2010 and this almost certainly can be attributed to the Afghan tour, which came when the Taliban were unusually aggressive," the paper quoted a source, as saying.
Suzanne Swift, the Fort Lewis soldier who went AWOL last January to avoid a second tour in Iraq, is going to trial.
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He went AWOL regularly and got drunk while cavorting with prostitutes, which also led to lengthy spells in hospital for sexually-transmitted infections.
When caught AWOL with a friend, his military ambitions are reduced to being a radio truck driver.
AWOL Scots soldier Jon Collins, on the run after being bullied to the brink of suicide, will have to give himself up.
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Stephen Funk was AWOL for 47 days because he said he was a conscientious objector to the war in Iraq, and now he will spend six months in jail.
A SADISTIC murderer who tortured his victim has admitted going AWOL on a home visit from jail.